Trenton Doyle Hancock’s “Mound #1, The Color Crop Experience (2018)” Credit: Karen Juanita Carrillo photo

This year’s Armory Show brought out art galleries from around the world to showcase their artists at the Javits Center from Sept. 9-11.

A few noted pieces on view were:

  • Trenton Doyle Hancock’s “Mound #1, The Color Crop Experience (2018)” exhibited by the James Cohan gallery is a massive display of a mythological-type figure made of metal, fiberglass, and rug which kids and even adults were drawn to. Viewers could enter the figure through a tent-flap and experience an animated video inside.

María Magdalena Campos-Pons had “Secrets of the Magnolia Trees Deb Luminosity, 2022” exhibited by Gallery Wendi Norris. The piece is mixed media and features a middle-aged Black woman wrapped in a quilt-like jacket that is filled with archival photographic prints. Campos-Pons centers the presence of Black womanhood in this large-scale watercolor and gouache piece where the central figure is shown with a weary smile, yet enveloped by the photographs of Black ancestors.

And Houston Texas’ Inman Gallery had Jamal Cyrus’ wonderful “Freedom’s Dream Book, 2022”  on display, a piece made of denim, cotton thread, and cotton batting that reflects on the old tradition of playing the numbers––or making bets based on the numbers you’ve dreamed about––as a way to control your future.

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